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  • Dead Witch Walking

  • By: Kim Harrison
  • Narrated by: Marguerite Gavin
  • Length: 13 hrs and 15 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 5,871
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 4,712
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 4,721

Rachel Morgan is a runner with the Inderland Runner Services, apprehending law-breakers throughout Cincinnati. She's also a witch, one of the many Inderlanders who revealed themselves after a genetically engineered virus wiped out 50 percent of humanity. Witches, warlocks, vampires, werewolves: the creatures of dreams and nightmares have lived beside humans for centuries, hiding their powers. But now they've stopped hiding, and nothing will be the same.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • wildly entertaining

  • By Patti on 09-27-07

An Identity Crisis In More Bad Than Good

Overall
2 out of 5 stars
Performance
4 out of 5 stars
Story
1 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 03-05-19

I really do enjoy modern fantasy books, stories of modern day society either experiencing a crisis or removing the wool from its eyes to discover monsters of yore are truly more than stories.

This books takes a hybrid approach to the classic tropes by throwing an apocalypse and an awakening together to create a modern world suffering through the problems the monsters create. Sadly the hybridization is also present in the writing creating a style that never really knows what the heck it wants to be.

Sometimes it tries for action but the action falters and feels weak. Sometimes it skirts romance which (thankfully) crumbles apart. Then it skirts into detective land with a hero who blindly stumbles into the truth through no better reason that it was written that way.

I really wanted more from the book, I liked the world but the characters were sophomoric at best, the pacing was bad, and too many times I would check too see if the time stamps showed it would end soon.

Hopefully the future writing improves but for now I can safely skip any more follow ups.

  • Tesser: A Father Enraged

  • A Reemergence Novel, Book 4
  • By: Chris Philbrook
  • Narrated by: Raphael Corkhill
  • Length: 9 hrs and 19 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 108
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 106
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 106

Tesser, dragon of life, immortal force of Earth, has his hands full. He's a father to a dragon child that's about to turn one. A dragon child that smiles, laughs, knows a few words, and is the source for all magic on Earth. So long as he has Matty - Astrid's mom, and the love of his very long life - everything will be okay. So they're gonna party with the trolls, who celebrate Matty's distant troll lineage like she's one of their own, and you best believe they celebrate the dragon child that shares a tiny bit of their blood, too.  

  • 2 out of 5 stars
  • Meh

  • By Michael Gandolfo on 03-14-19

Decent but felt a little underwhelming

Overall
3 out of 5 stars
Performance
4 out of 5 stars
Story
3 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 02-26-19

I really enjoyed the Reemergence series as a slightly different take on the whole modern fantasy genre. The first couple of books were good with an interesting take on a new world where magic has returned and larger than life players have reentered the field. The problem is this book feels like what happens to all series, the writer is running short on ideas and is taking a grain of sand of an idea and then trying to fill it until a full novel. No spoilers obviously but there are way to many moments of "wait there is this thing you didn't know about" and the obvious MacGuffin's don't really help things much either.

Overall, it's part of a series and I will check out the next (cautiously) but if this is indeed the final reemergence novel, it's safe to skip it.

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  • Weaveworld

  • By: Clive Barker
  • Narrated by: Simon Vance
  • Length: 21 hrs and 12 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,211
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,113
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,121

Clive Barker has made his mark on modern fiction by exposing all that is surreal and magical in the ordinary world - and exploring the profound and overwhelming terror that results. With its volatile mix of the fantastical and the contemporary, the everyday and the otherworldly, Weaveworld is an epic work of dark fantasy and horror - a tour de force from one of today's most forceful and imaginative artists.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Enchanting

  • By gina on 07-14-17

A Chore I Gave Up On

Overall
2 out of 5 stars
Performance
4 out of 5 stars
Story
2 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 09-30-18

This book was recommended to me by a fan of Clive Barker as a great first book to experience and I honestly struggled to finish it.

The set up was simple, fairies hid from the world to escape mankind and the fairy killer, an unlucky couple frees them from their hiding place, and a bunch of people interact while failing to make you care about any of them.

From the main villain, who isn't really a main villain because she is too weak to control her lackeys, to a secret back up villain who takes far too long to appear, and finally a lackey who hired his own lackeys that lack as much as him.

I never once felt the motivation for any of the characters, from a detective who is bad because... well I am not sure, too a jaded fairy who wants to watch the world burn simply because she wasn't allowed to be part of the rug, and finally a crazy nothingness that is just sad and angry it lost its charge.

I had a hard time finishing Weaveworld and found myself paying more attention to house chores hoping to hear the ending credits so I could move on to a better read. I am not feeling the urge to try anything else from Clive Barker which is rather unfortunate.

18 of 21 people found this review helpful

  • I Am Legend

  • By: Richard Matheson
  • Narrated by: Robertson Dean
  • Length: 5 hrs and 20 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 11,252
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 8,644
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 8,660

In I Am Legend, a plague has decimated the world, and those unfortunate enough to survive are transformed into blood-thirsty creatures of the night. Robert Neville is the last living man on earth. Everyone else has become a vampire, and they are all hungry for Neville's blood. By day, he stalks the sleeping undead, by night, he barricades himself in his home and prays for the dawn.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • Superb!

  • By Steven Casper on 01-24-08

Great reader, predictable story.

Overall
3 out of 5 stars
Performance
5 out of 5 stars
Story
2 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 08-11-18

I really thought the reader did a fantastic job, I just struggled with the story itself. I found it predictable and to be fair just not my cup of tea. it's really more of a story of one man's descent into madness from isolation.

  • Furies of Calderon

  • Codex Alera, Book 1
  • By: Jim Butcher
  • Narrated by: Kate Reading
  • Length: 19 hrs and 54 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 12,066
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 10,226
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 10,256

In the realm of Alera, where people bond with the furies - elementals of earth, air, fire, water, and metal - 15-year-old Tavi struggles with his lack of furycrafting. But when his homeland erupts in chaos - when rebels war with loyalists and furies clash with furies - Tavi's simple courage will turn the tides of war.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • Oh, how I HATE the horns!!!!

  • By Sarah on 09-14-13

It's Pokemon meets fantasy but mainly Pokemon

Overall
2 out of 5 stars
Performance
4 out of 5 stars
Story
2 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 04-21-18

Okay, I enjoy Jim Butcher, I even like Dresden formulaic as it is... but this series failed to grab me and is so predictable that at 10 hours in I am throwing in the towel. Okay it's not a terrible world idea, everyone has a spirit elemental they control except for our predictable main character who at the rate this is going is the future king... the current king is being betrayed, yawn, a curser must rescue the only witness to incoming treachery, and everything looks bleak, except.. it feels like I have been down this road before and those times it held my interest.

I enjoyed the reader but this book is a boring retread of what has been written before but now with Pokemon, which isn't good enough.

  • The Fifth Season

  • The Broken Earth, Book 1
  • By: N. K. Jemisin
  • Narrated by: Robin Miles
  • Length: 15 hrs and 27 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 13,199
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 12,139
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 12,109

This is the way the world ends. For the last time. A season of endings has begun. It starts with the great, red rift across the heart of the world's sole continent, spewing ash that blots out the sun. It starts with death, with a murdered son and a missing daughter. It starts with betrayal and long-dormant wounds rising up to fester. This is the Stillness, a land long familiar with catastrophe, where the power of the Earth is wielded as a weapon. And where there is no mercy.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • ORIGINAL AND MOVING, EXCELLENT!

  • By Fantasy on 12-01-15

Boring Story and Bland Characters

Overall
2 out of 5 stars
Performance
4 out of 5 stars
Story
1 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 10-27-17

I struggled to finish this one and was actually happy for Audible's ability to listen at higher speeds. The pacing was off, I couldn't care about the characters, and the writing style failed to get my attention. The reader did an okay job at least.

As a writer your goal is to create characters I care about, give me a reason to want to continue, make me want to delve deeper into the story. Three hours in I still didn't care about the characters and 5 hours in all I cared about was how much time I had wasted so far listening. I couldn't finish it, 5 hours is far more than I care to give a book time to pull me in.

Unfortunate, it could have been interesting, the world seemed unique but I just couldn't care about the characters or their stone faced interactions.

  • Tesser: A Dragon Among Us

  • A Reemergence Novel, Book 1
  • By: Chris Philbrook
  • Narrated by: James Foster
  • Length: 12 hrs
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 2,793
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 2,588
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 2,586

Imagine for a moment that you are a Dragon. A creature of unimaginable power, unending intelligence and strength, and you've just woken from 10,000 years of slumber. Worse yet, you've awoken underneath a city: Boston, an alien and strange place that defies everything you've ever known. Your last memories are of primordial forests, erupting volcanoes sculpting a developing world, faeries, witches, vampires, krakens, and monsters that feared where you turned your eyes.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • Worth a credit and your time!

  • By Kelleefornia on 02-17-16

Entertaining and Fantastically Read

Overall
4 out of 5 stars
Performance
5 out of 5 stars
Story
4 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 02-15-17

Chris Philbrook has created here a wonderful story where the modern world regains it's (literally) magical roots.

Many modern writer's have tried to marry the world of magic and the fantastic to our modern world with various levels of success. Jim Butcher, John Conroe, Larry Correia, and others try to capture a magical world where our modern society is wrapped up in the supernatural with varying degrees of the populace knowing the real truth yet. Mr. Philbrook has added an interesting wrinkle and a very, very likeable main character voiced by James Foster who has done a fantastic job keeping you interested all the way to the end.

What Mr. Philbrook has created is a world that feels like it could be the world I wake up to tomorrow while not falling on the crutch of prior genre writers who give us the super baddie who is predictable and super powerful until the hero gains some secret power to defeat him (hello Mr Dresden. . . ). We have a believable sub villain who thinks they are working for the greater good, a bad guy who is interesting, and a group of heroes who don't feel like useless shadows crushed by the weight of a single super hero (hello Mr Owen Pitt).

I really enjoyed this book and am downloading part 2 as soon as I finish writing this! Great job from the writer and the reader!

2 of 3 people found this review helpful

  • The Gate Thief

  • Mithermages, Book 2
  • By: Orson Scott Card
  • Narrated by: Stefan Rudnicki, Emily Rankin
  • Length: 12 hrs
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 5,007
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 4,566
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 4,583

Here on Earth, Danny North is still in high school, yet he holds in his heart and mind all the stolen outselves of 13 centuries of gatemages. The Families still want to kill him if they can’t control him - and they can’t control him; he is far too powerful. On Westil, Wad is now nearly powerless - he lost everything to Danny in their struggle. Even if he can survive the revenge of his enemies, he must still somehow make peace with the Gatemage Daniel North, for when Danny took that power from Loki, he also took responsibility for the Great Gates.

  • 3 out of 5 stars
  • Flashes of Great, Ok, and Bad. Overall: Meh.

  • By Benjamin on 04-04-13

Decent story but kind of getting boring with book

Overall
3 out of 5 stars
Performance
4 out of 5 stars
Story
3 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 12-05-16

Before anything the reader is great but I am pretty sure this is the same reader for all of Card's books. I won't bore with a long review but I will simply say the pace slowed and was filled with too much filler that does nothing to advance the story. I felt you can ignore half the book and still get the point of how the story is advancing.

I am not sure I will download the 3rd book. I do know it won't be downloaded any time soon if I do download it.

  • The Adventures of Tom Stranger, Interdimensional Insurance Agent

  • By: Larry Correia
  • Narrated by: Adam Baldwin
  • Length: 2 hrs and 3 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 12,133
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 11,316
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 11,309

Have you ever seen a planet invaded by rampaging space mutants from another dimension or Nazi dinosaurs from the future? Don't let this happen to you! Rifts happen, so you should be ready when universes collide. A policy with Stranger & Stranger can cover all of your interdimensional insurance needs. Rated "Number One in Customer Satisfaction" for three years running, no claim is too big or too weird for Tom Stranger to handle.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • that was awesome

  • By C. Jones on 07-06-19

A Spoofy Fun Ride!

Overall
5 out of 5 stars
Performance
5 out of 5 stars
Story
5 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 09-10-16

It's been a while since I have grinned, chuckled, and laughed out loud this much while listing to a simple audio book. Let's for a moment ignore the phenomenal job done by the reader for a moment who obviously was having as much fun reading as I imagine the author had writing this short book because that is only half of the light hearted fun. This book is full of jabs, inside puns, and out right zaniness that will have everyone except the most die hard liberals laughing and cracking smiles.

Tom Stranger is a super enhanced intergalactic insurance agent who is kept extremely busy keeping up his 3rd year of perfect customer satisfaction. It's not easy either, between 1 eyed 1 horned flying purple people eaters, incompetent throw away degree earning interns, and a horrible enemy Failstate insurance it's hard to keep a perfect record! Yet Tom is the insurance agent to do it!

Sit back, relax, and count up the inside jokes! Just leave any liberal sensibilities at the door because you might get your ego bruised!

2 of 3 people found this review helpful

  • Son of the Black Sword

  • Saga of the Forgotten Warrior, Book 1
  • By: Larry Correia
  • Narrated by: Tim Gerard Reynolds
  • Length: 16 hrs and 21 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 13,242
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 12,445
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 12,403

After the War of the Gods, the demons were cast out and fell to the world. Mankind was nearly eradicated by the seemingly unstoppable beasts until the gods sent the great hero, Ramrowan, to save them. He united the tribes, gave them magic, and drove the demons into the sea. Ever since, the land has belonged to man, and the oceans have remained an uncrossable hell, leaving the continent of Lok isolated.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • A Great Beginning to a new Epic Series

  • By Don Gilbert on 10-31-15

Rough Start But Great Payoff

Overall
4 out of 5 stars
Performance
5 out of 5 stars
Story
3 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 09-07-16

While I am glad I finished the story I have to admit I didn't think I would. From the very beginning I had difficulty getting into the story, the world, and especially the main protagonist. To me the protagonist was as unrealistic as the original Superman, a one dimensional character who saw everything as black and white in a world that was anything but. Luckily I trudged on thanks to the pedigree of the author and I am glad I did. The one dimensional hero had a reason to be unrealistic and those dimensions started unfolding to match the multiple shades of his very gray world.

The villains slowly reared their heads, machinations sprung up, and finally the world and its now 3 dimensional hero have pulled me in. I look forward to the next book in the series as war is coming. . .

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